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our question of the morning coming your way. goats on a roof. need i say more? news room begins right now. good morning to you. thanks for joining us. this morning we begin with a question both chilling and deadly serious. is someone putting politics ahead of your safety? the fbi is investigating the leaks of classified information and whether the white house is behind them. even leaders of the president's own party are voicing grave concerns about the amount of secret information now being made public. >> avalanche och leaks and it is very, very disturbing. it has dismayed our allies. it puts american lives in jeopardy and puts our nation's security in jeopardy. if you look at terrorism
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intelligence is fundamental to knowing what is going to happen and prevent it from happening in the first place. >> some of the information is coming from recent articles in the new york times which details the drones and cyber attacks. paper is defending itself this morning. in about ten minutes we will talk with scott shane all about this. let's go overseas to the crisis in syria and reports of a government slaughter of civilians. some of the images posted online are so horrifying we are going to show you something less graphic instead. these are homes allegedly torched by the troops as they move from village to village. for most americans it is a fight that should remain distance. according to a poll 61% of americans say the u.s. does not have responsibility to act in syria.
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zain is in london. she has a closer look for us. >> reporter: good morning, carol. another day and another massacre in syria. opposition activist is saying that 78 people have been killed. i just want you to take a look at pictures. some of them are still pretty graphic. cnn cannot confirm their authen tisity. there has been a lot of fighting going on. there are bodies of men, women and children. everyone is totally charred. the opposition says government forces made it happen. the government is saying they didn't do it. meanwhile the united states is trying to rally the international people to really put pressure on syria. the problem is that two key players, russia and china are saying no there should be no
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intervention at all. it would be totally unacceptable. and what they really want to see is the international community kind of continue the mediation strategy. as you can see syrian government doesn't really care what the world thinks. you can pull out the diplomats and put sanctions on. they are kind of doing whatever they want. >> people just keep -- it is a sad situation. people just keep dying. defense secretary panetta is in afghanistan. the biggest surprise may be his warning aimed at neighboring pakistan. al qaeda linked terrorists have established safe havens there. >> we are reaching the limits of our patience here. and for that reason it is extremely important that pakistan take action to prevent
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this kind of safe haven from taking place and from allowing terrorists to use their country as a safety net in order to conduct their attacks on our forces. >> pakistan had once been a critical u.s. ally on the war on terror. relations soured after the white house kept secret its plans to kill osama bin laden inside pakistan. the alliances more strained over recent u.s. drone attacks. taxpayers the navy says a simple vacuum cleaner may have caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear submarine. the uss miami was undergoing work in a ship yard when a fire broke out. investigators believe the fire started in a vacuum cleaner used to clean work sites on board the sub. this next story sure to be a
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cautionary tale. a massachusetts judge sentenced a teenager to a year in prison for texting on a cell phone as his car crashed and killed another driver. this is a landmark case. we get details from a cnn affiliate. >> negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use guilty or not guilty? >> guilty. >> reporter: the guilty verdicts against 18-year-old aaron devoe under score the devastation of two families. the jury found the teenager caused the death in february of 2011 because he was texting when he crashed into him. the victim's daughter addressed the court. >> i wake up at night and hear my dad talking to me. i get up and look for him and he wasn't there. >> reporter: the victim's girlfriend still struggling with her injuries sustained in the
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crash pushed for jail time. >> i don't think he knows what he has done. >> reporter: he apologized. >> i made a mistake. if i could take it back i would take it back. >> reporter: his attorney and mother ask for compassion. >> my son didn't intentionally want to hurt anybody. >> reporter: from the prosecutor and the victim's family equally pained for words. >> the hardest thing i had to witness was watching my brother take his last breath and leave us. >> there are people's lives who were ruined by this. >> texting is just one danger competing for a driver's attention. those concerns over distracted driving are demanding the attention of our government. the department of transportation will announce a new initiative against distracted driving. we'll take a closer look in the next hour.
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a new measure of the economy. the government's number crunchers say unemployment fell slightly last week. 377,000 americans are filing first time claims 12,000 fewer than the week before. the nation's jobless rate and the economic recovery are sure to be topics. ben bernanke will testify before the joint economic committee of congress. nfl players and families are filing a class action lawsuit saying the league tried to hide the problem. the widow of a former atlanta falcons player has joined the suit. ray easterly committed suicide in april after suffering brain damage for two years. >> the early symptoms that ray displayed were insomnia and depression. i had no idea it was due to the
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brain trauma that he had suffered during football, didn't really know about it until 2010. and it was hard to go through for 20 years. he suffered greatly. >> she says she doesn't want current nfl players to suffer. she wants the league to provide testing and treatment for players showing symptoms of dementia and alzheimer's. the thunder beat the spurs. one is getting an honor of sorts. a giant replica of james harden's beard has been hung on the front of an oklahoma city building. what a difference a church reprimand makes.
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checking our top stories the controversy over leaks about a cyber attack against iran now the focus of an fbi investigation. several senators say the leaks put the national security at risk. the obama administration calls the suggestions grossly irresponsible. five men and seven women will decide the state of former penn state coach jerry sandusky. the jury is now seated. our jason carroll was in the courtroom and spoke to anderson cooper about sandusky's demeanor. >> he likes to joke around. at one point during the jury proceeding he basically said what did you guys do to deserve me. he said that to two of the jury pool reporters there. and said to the two reporters how did you guys get stuck with is. a little bit of joking there. as he left the courthouse today
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people were shouting out questions to him he said absolutely nothing and drove away. >> sandusky has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused boys. a window seat is going to cost you extra. some airlines are charging $29 each way on domestic flights and 59 bucks on international ones. the charge for what is being called preferred seating follows recent fees from everything from checked bags to blankets. in sports i'll have another's bid for the triple crown goes on for saturday. the workers reached a tentative labor deal. and your senior high school prank may have involved stealing door knobs or toilet papering
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trees. that wasn't enough for a group of students in connecticut who police say may be responsible for putting goats on to the school's roof. firefighters and a local farmer were called in to get the goats off the roof. they are fine this morning. the nun who wrote a book about sex should be thanking the vatican for condemning it. the book is the top selling religious book on amazon. amazon says it is out of stock right now. this isn't a new book. it came out in 2006 and was number 143,000 just a few days ago. it looks like the vatican would have been better off not mentioning the book at it all if didn't want people reading it. >> reporter: the vatican is furious about a book about sex, relationships and masturbation written by a nun. the church's action is having an unintended effect. it is now a best seller.
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>> churches are all too often torn apart. >> reporter: "just love" was written in 2006 by margaret farley. farley proposes a more tolerant view of sexual ethics. the vatican denounced the book saying it was in direct contradiction on sexuality and that comment pushed the book to the 16th spot. >> everyone agrees it is speculation. >> the president of loyola university in maryland and fellow theologian is one of her most prominent defenders. >> she wrote a new framework to think about sexual questions of sexual ethics which looks at justice rather than procreation or abstinence.
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>> reporter: she writes that masturbation could be beneficial for women but the idea was denounced saying masturbation was a gravely disordered action. farley says same sex relationships and homosexual acts can be just as beneficial but the church says those acts are contrary to the natural law. in her book she claims she doesn't believe divorce and remarriage should be prohibited. farley says the book was not intended to be an expression of current official catholic teaching nor was it amd specifically against this teaching. with this latest rebuke says it could have a chewing effect on religious freedom. >> there is a sense that the theologian is diminished to where it is just keep repeat s
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what we have said and don't question it. don't critique it and don't try to help us make it more adequate. i think that's troubling. liberal radio host calls our national anthem an abonination. he seds he wants to get rid of it. lots of people are weighing in on this one. we want you to, too. if you are heading out the door you can take us with you. watch us anytime on your mobile or computer. head to cnn.com/tv.
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definitely do not see every day. mitt romney and barack obama getting the country on together. >> do you have a decision? >> this is one of the toughest decisions i have had to make since i have been on office. i want them both. >> i thought presidential election was a tough race but itsier nothing compared to the
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politics at the cmt music awards. i propose toby and cristin cohost the show. i just put two people back to work. you're welcome america. >> they were separately together. both did a little video clip. the star of the night was actually carrie underwood. she won for video of the year. ♪ now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. what do you think of bill press's crusade against the "star spangled banner?" he hates our national anthem and
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calls it an unsingable abomination. >> and the home of the brave. i don't know. are we the only ones that are brave on the planett. all the brave people live here. it's just stupid. i'm embarrassed every time i hear it. >> just what america needs right now because you wouldn't want to embrace patriotism when partisanship is at an all time high and conservatives are calling press a liberal moon bat. seems more than one american has a problem with the anthem when it comes to knowing the lyrics. you may remember christina aguilera flubbed the words she said it sounded like press's crusade was inspired by
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a survey and asked if the country had a new anthem who should write it? bruce springstein. in all of this the birth place marks the 200th anniversary next weekend. what do you think of bill press's crusate against the "star spangled banner?" i'll read your comments later this hour. we'll also talk more about that with our two cnn contributors. one leans left and one right. is this something they can both agree on? plus the conversation about the leaks of classified information. someone playing politics with our country's secrets?
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yesterday's fantastic days. the market playing the waiting game. awaiting chairman ben bernanke's testimony. ringing the bell this morning the ceo of health care trust of america which is celebrating its listing on the new york stock exchange. stories we are watching right now. anger grows on capitol hill about potential intelligence leaks. >> an avalanche of leaks. and it's very, very disturbing. >> senator dianne feinstein says the leaks are putting lives in jeopardy. don't expect to see a romney bush ticket this call. former florida governor says under no circumstances would he be mitt romney's running mate. let's talk more about the
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leaks. republicans accuse the obama administration of putting classified information out there for gain. the white house denies it. maria's politics lean left and will leans right. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> i wasn't very polite. >> you are always polite. >> republicans are saying that the obama administration is leaking these secrets about their drone program for political gain. do they have a case? >> it is definitely worth a question. i don't know about making a case but it is worth a question. it seems to be a bipartisan question. you just played a clip. we can add up the list and it is getting long. you are talking about president obama's kill list with the drone list of terrorist targets and talking about the iranian cyber attacks and the level of detail involved. you can go back to the osama bin
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laden raid which had a lot of detail in it and the double agent story. that is four stories with a great amount of detail. we should be very concerned about why that information is getting out. if it is some kind of painting president obama in a positive light you are at least worth asking questions. >> senator feinstein does not believe these leaks are coming from the white house. >> all i said is it is worthy of questions. >> i agree with will in that it is worth the question where i think the republicans is going way overboard is that they are already accusing the white house of having done this on purpose and having authorized those leaks. i think that goes way beyond. i think we should all put on the table or at least i believe that democratic as well as republican administrations take classified
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information and security of our national interests and our assets of our troops very, very seriously. to accuse this of being done on purpose is way over the point. i believe the question has to be asked. >> so let's talk about it from a journalistic standpoint. isn't it fair also, doesn't the public have a right to know that this drone program is going on? it does have moral implications. isn't it something that the public ought to know about? >> this is never an easy question to answer. we have to balance national security interests against those with the public being fully informed. i enjoy reading the details of the stories about the cyber attack is absolutely fascinating. it is not just enjoyment but useful knowledge for me to know some of these things. you have to balance that against
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national security. what that does to jeopardize the program and i'm not sure those are being struck right right now. >> the obama administration is investigating and the fbi has launched an investigation. it is not like the obama administration isn't aware. >> of course. they read the papers, too, and they have also said that they have shared in some of these briefings some of the scenarios that have happened. but they have been very clear. and i believe them on this that in none of that has there been an authorized leak of classified information. and i think that is key. i agree with will that this is always the balance of a robust democracy where you balance the people's right to know about what their government is doing along with the national security interests. i think that that is always a healthy debate to have. i would like to point out that
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the reporters themselves have said that none of this information has come from either the white house or top democratic officials. a lot of it has been because of the worm actually went public. we have to be clear about what has been said and leaked and where there are questions we should ask those questions. >> there is an article this morning defending itself against dianne feinstein's charges. i'm going to read you a paragraph from that article. the obama administration's has been -- usually on the condition of an nemity. mr. obama spoke about the strikes in pakistan in january arguing they were aimed at al qaeda. so it seems as if the obama administration at least wants something known about the drone program. it makes no bones about it but
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says we have to stop these leaks. >> again, i think that points to the balance that i think will and i are talking about. let's be very clear. none of that was classified information that either the president was talking about or either the white house or top administration officials. if there is a consistency that needs to be fixed. if there are leaks going on that is the question and that is the investigation that needs to be had. but to go overboard and accuse the administration of doing this on purpose for political gain is beyond the pail. >> i'm going to pivot and end the conversation with something we probably can agree on. all three of us maybe. >> a great thursday. >> so bill press wants to ditch "the star spangled banner." he calls it an abomination and the lyrics are stupid, too.
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>> i will tell you this. he can say it is a hard song to sing. to say the lyrics are stupid. he talks about the fact the lyrics include home of the free. it is jinglistic. says we are the home of the brave. he wants it to say we are home of some of the brave. big deal. >> it's written during the war of 1812. >> i completely agree. i think francis scott key is turning in his grave right now. i think most americans believe bill press needs to get another cause if this is a cause he is going to be on right now. there are other songs that americans have talked about that could be our national anthem like mitt romney would like that one. this land is your land.
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i think most americans agree that the star spangled banner hits the nail on the head in terms of patriotism and how great this country is. >> maria is not a liberal moon bat. >> absolutely not. i'm rational. >> i love the assumption in that statement, though. >> no assumption. it was just a joke. >> we are trying to get ahold of bill press and ask him specifically. >> that will be interesting. >> thank you so much for an interesting conversation this morning. >> thank you. we usually only saw her under the cover of a veil but now michael jackson's daughter, paris, is opening up about life with her superstar father in an effort to make sure his kids enjoy a normal childhood. made w. cream... a touch of sugar... and pure natural flavors. coffee-mate natural bliss. from nestle. add your flavor naturally.
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michael jackson's 14-year-old daughter paris is speaking about life with and without her father. she talks about jackson's childhood influenced the way he raised her and her brothers. >> did you feel like he wanted you to have a normal life. >> he did. >> did you think that was possible with him being who he was? >> he had his doubts.
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he told us when he was younger he didn't have a childhood. he would always be stuck in the studio singing while others were playing. he wanted us to go to chuck e cheese. >> paris added that life since jackson's death has been difficult saying it never gets easier. death threats on twitter for the view co host sherry shepherd. >> reporter: i have to say sherri shepherd is mad demanding twitter take action against individuals posting seriously threatening messages. we have been following shepherd. over the past few days she has been the target of a series of disturbing and violent death threats. she began lashing back at the
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online bullies. here is what she tweeted. just returned from filing a police report for this online harassment non sense. i will be pursuing this legally. the new york police department tells us they have no police report on file from shepherd. shepherd added an explanation saying twitter has to provide the information about the individuals making threats before they can pursue and says she is following up with twitter. she is not letting this go. >> good for her. let's talk about john mayer. >> it's a bizarre story. in a new interview john mayer is coming out swinging against his extaylor swift for writing the
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songidary john. the 34-year-old crooner got in and called it cheap song writing. the 22-year-old song stress identified mayer as the inspiration for the song it is widely understood that the lyrics rehashed the brief romance. she writesidary john i see it all now that you're gone. don't you think i was too young to be messed with. the girl in the dress cried all the way home. song writers write about life experiences. perhaps john should have perhaps stayed mum on this one. >> that is what a 32-year-old man should think might happen if you are dating an 18-year-old young woman. >> she is always a target. she is so sweet. she'll work it out. >> she is strong. she is no kitten. she is a lioness. >> you are a fan. i can tell.
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checking our top stories the controversy over leaks about a cyber attack against iran is now the focus of an fbi investigation. the national intelligence director is meeting with several lawmakers this morning. some accuse the white house of releasing the information to boost obama's reelection bid. the obama administration calls that grossly irresponsible. the boy scouts of america plans to keep a ban on gay leaders at least for now. 275,000 people signed an online petition urging the reinstatement of a lesbian den leader. the organization does not plan to take up the issue until next year. in weather the denver area is getting slammed with nasty storms today. yesterday they had seven tornado reports. today's threat is mostly large hail and damaging winds. in money news your google map is getting a makeover.
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the tech giant announcing it is deploying camera equipped planes in a plan to create 3-d maps which will give the illusion of flying over the city. google plans to release the maps by the end of the year. remember this picture. it is kind of hard to forget. a child sitting in the car while the gas can is snug and secure in the child's seat. this got the mother in trouble. the colorado cop was so stunned he snapped the picture. now the mother is telling her side of the story. she says her kid was strapped in at first. >> he does know how to push this but he can push the red button and shimmy down. i see him flip over the car seat itself and put on the big boy seat belt. >> police cited her for three seat belt violations. she says she is through with
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driving and is selling her car. critics of the epa have used it as a punching bag long calling for cuts to the federal agency. if you think we don't need the epa consider the 17 million people living in the chesapeake bay water shed. their livelihoods are in danger because the bay is in critical condition. here is cnn suthenna jones. >> reporter: the largest estuary in north america. it's home to more than 3,700 species of plants and animals including crabs and oysters and it is in trouble. conservationists say pollution from farms, wastewater treatment facilities, storm water runoff and power plants including parts of six states and the nation's
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capitol is slowly killing the bay. >> what happens is too much pollution causes an explosion of algae. when the algae die they decompose and use up oxygen in the water. when you have no oxygen you have dead zones that kill fish, oysters and crabs. >> reporter: warm waters fuel the growth of the dead zones during the summer threatening an important economic region for the region. >> a dead chesapeake bay means unhealthy sea food. it means the lack of revenues from all the areas that the bay generates. >> reporter: we road out to take a closer look. >> we are going to head where the water is about 30 feet deep. that's where we are seeing a lot of really bad water the other day. >> reporter: and measured oxygen levels in the water. >> most critters like five parts per or greater. this in and of itself is not a good reading. odds are good there is not a lot of fish.
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>> reporter: can anything survive down there? not. >> not well. >> reporter: the readings were poor all the way up to the surface. in an effort to improve the environmental protection by 2017. the program has born fruit, according to epa administrator lisa jackson who we spoke to in washington. one of the most polluted rivers running in the chesapeake. >> progress has been steady, but not fast enough. now is not the time to quit. we are so close to turning that corner. it's going to require all of us, federal government, state partners, local and county government, municipalities, all alike to keep putting in our share. >> meeting the ep a's goals will cost billions of dollars. while some federal help is
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available, those funds won't kofrt whole bill. failure to meet the targets could mean tougher factory regulations and stricter regulations for farmers, who the epa says are the biggest contributors to the river's pollution. some say the plan will kill jobs. >> this approach is too heavy-handed and will cost people in this watershed significantly. >> reporter: don parrish says farmers cut back on fertilizers and created buffer zones to produce run-off. >> farmers want that cleaner bay. from their standpoint they are already on a razor's edge. if you push this envelope, it could have a significant impact on the ability for farms to operate. >> reporter: we are out here on the chesapeake bay. the stakes here are high. this is a body of water that pumps billions and billions of dollars into the local economies each year. in maryland, one of the big
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industries here is seafood. that's one bright spot. the crab population is beginning to rebound, according to the state. oysters are a different story. they are beginning to recover but have a long way to go. healthy oyster beds are important because they attract fish. fish like rockfish and sea trout. >> funny how your views change. my home is in baltimore and i live near the chesapeake bay. your views change. you want it to be cleaned up. when you talk about more regulations, it's a dirty word. when you talk about money, you know the economy is bad. is there really a way out? >> the farm bureau brought this lawsuit against the epa trying to block this plan. the epa is committed to this for the long haul. it's too important to stop. whatever happens with this lawsuit, you can guarantee they are going to keep battling it out. one of the big issues is the
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cost of this. it's going to cost lots and lots of money for the farmers, forsewage treatment facilities to do upgrades. all sorts of ways they are trying to tackle this. it's going to cost money. there are millions of dollars available through the federal government. farmers argue and national association of home builders who also joined on with that lawsuit, they argued these costs are being taken into consideration. it's going to cost a lot more than money available from the state and government. >> athena jones live from the chesapeake bay. we asked you to pak about one of the big stories of the day. what do you think of bill press's crusade against "the star-spinningled banner?" we'll talk with bill press in about 45 minutes. ♪
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we asked you to talk back on one of the stories of the day. what do you think of bill press's crusade against the "star-spangled banner?" "he should move far, far away or take a voice lesson." "it's hard for singers to sing. it's also not meant to be played as a dirge but rather closer to a march. that said, i cannot imagine another anthem." "america the beautiful" was
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always a better song. >> haters need to remember that part of being american is being able to express unpopular ideas as well as popular ones. "love my country, i had this song because it's unsingable." go to a philadelphia flyers home game and listen to lauren hart sing it. it's beautiful and it's moving. sorry bill, i don't buy it. facebook.com/carolcnn. more of your comments in the next hour. we'll also talk live to bill press. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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good morning. i'm carol costello. just ahead, most people know it's dangerous and can be deadly, but drivers still text while on the road. in minutes, the federal government gets involved to combine efforts to combat the growing trend. will it really make a difference? a ground-breaking 'tises could identify 3,500 genetic faults in unborn babies. researchers warn there could be many ethical concerns and could lead to more abortion. plus, the greatest of
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all-time goes from punchman to pitchman. muhammed ali appears in a new magazine ad. we'll reveal what company he's now endorsing. we begin with morning with a cautionary tale of distracted driving and a government campaign about to be announced any moment. first this news conference comes one day after a massachusetts judge sentenced a teenager to a year from prison for texting on his cell phone as his car crashed and killed another driver. it's a landmark case with a sobering message. >> with i wake up at night and hear my dad talking to me and i would like for him and he wasn't there. >> the hardest thing i had to witness was watching my brother donald take his last breath and leave us. >> there are people's lives ruined by this. >> the victim's family members. this hour the department of transportation will announce a new campaign against distracted driving.
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lizzie o'leary joins us from washington. you visited a simulator and you experienced first hand the dangers of distracted driving. give us a reality check. yeah. i went out into the national advanced driving simulator out in iowa. one of the things they do is test how long it takes for a driver to be distracted by a text or something even simple as a bee in the car. it took about two seconds for me to more or less rear end the car, the fictitious car in front of me. a typical text is four seconds. that shows how small the margin of error is here. the massachusetts case is landmark because it brings up this question of what can be legislated against, what can be ruled as criminal behavior. what is, frankly, maybe stupid, dangerous but not the government's role?
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it's been this battle about regulating that. 38 states have laws that ban texting while driving. a smaller number, about 31, restrict cell phone use for new drivers so there's a real tension here between safety and also the reach of government. >> the interesting thing about this massachusetts case, there's clear evidence this kid was texting as the accident happened. they managed to pin down the exact time he sent out a text and at the precise moment the accident occurred. you can see what happened. he's looking down and hits the car and kills that man in his 50s. you heard his family. i was so sad. the federal government are going to have this press conference. what will they announce? what will they say? >> they are short on details in terms of telling us what they are going to do. this has been a priority of ray lahood the transportation secretary, something he is very involved in. one thing they've done is a lot
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of these new cars come with built-in systems where you can operate your phone by remote or talk to the car. they had manufacturers agree voluntarily to do things like turn those off when the car is moving. there is really attention about how far the federal government will go here. whether this is akin to drunk driving. they were framed as a public health issue. that's how the transportation department has seen this. people say this is an unfair government intrusion and others say this is incredibly dangerous behavior. we should treat it like a public health issue and treat it like drunk driving. right now they are pushing states that have the ability to withhold money. that may be the way they try to push states to act the way they want them to. >> i know the press conference is going on now and you want to listen so we'll let you go. lizzie o'leary, thank you. a new measure of the economy, the government's number
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cruncher say unemployment fell slightly last week. 377,000 americans are filing first-time claims. that's 12,000 fewer than the week before. recent concerns about the job market prompted federal reserve officials to say they are ready to take more action on the sagging u.s. economy. right now the head of the federal reserve ben bernanke -- that's not him yet -- but he's back on capitol hill. where law makers are expected to grill bernanke on the state of the economy. wall street will be paying close attention to the fed chief's comments just one day after stocks posted their best gains of the year. felicia taylor joins me from the new york stock exchange. what exactly can the fed do? >> there are plenty of things the federal reserve can do. it's not going to happen today because this is merely testimony in front of congress on capitol hill as to where the economy stands right now. it is a peek into what bernanke is thinking. they are expecting to hear some kind of information that will
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hint that there could be another round of stimulus. what that could be is an extension of what we have now, which is operation twist, which is expected to end at the end of this month, at the end of june or could initiate a completely other round of quantitative easing. this would be the third round we've seen. we heard federal reserve bank presidents hint at the idea that there is room for this kind of thing. that means they are worried that the growth down the road just isn't there, especially after that dismal number we got last friday on jobs growth. however, today's number was okay in terms of the number fewer people filing for claims. nevertheless it's not a trend in the right direction. we are hoping to hear some word from him. the action wouldn't take place possibly until the end of this month or in august. >> i want you to translate from financial speak to plain old english and tell me why this might matter to all of us.
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>> the reason that it matters, the more money that is put into in terms of this stimulus program, the more it should encourage people to possibly borrow more, to feel like there is stimulus out there for banks to lend more. it's meant to encourage people to get back into the marketplace, to feel that there is a reason to be in the marketplace and not be sitting on the sidelines which is what happened up till now. the flip side to this argument, and this is where there are a lot of people that are against this idea is that it has not created jobs. that's the most important part for this economy is job growth. a lot of people think it's not the federal reserve any more that can do this but rather the administration in washington. that's what's at crux of this. >> felicia taylor live at the new york stock exchange. let's go overseas to the crisis in syria. reports that the government continues to slaughter
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civilians. this is one of the less graphic videos posted online supposedly capturing the crackdown by the regime's groups. the man behind the camera was reportedly shot after videotaping these scenes. today the united nations looks at new reports of the massacre. jill doherty is at the state department. >> that is a graphic example of the huge dilemma the united states and other countries are facing right now. the only game in town is that plan by kofi annan who is the joint envoy on syria, and it's failed, obviously, in its first task which is to stop the violence, let alone try to get to any political transition. secretary clinton in istanbul is calling that violence unconscionable and she says assad has to go.
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>> assad has doubled down on his brutality and duplicity. syria will not, cannot be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic untille assad goes. >> how do you do that? they've been working with sanctions. secretary clinton says sanctions are good, but realistically you have to plan for a post assad syria. one of the key countries is russia and it is not clear whether the russians really would go along with something that would lead to a post assad syria. they say it has to be the syrians who decide. secretary clinton is now saying we will work with any country as long as the main point is ultimately assad has to be out of the picture.
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>> jill doherty live for us this morning. a question chilling and deadly serious. is somebody putting politics and your safety ahead of the well being of americans around the world? fbi is leaking classified investigation and whether the white house is behind them. leaders of the party is voicing grave concerns about the amount of secret information now being made public. >> an avalanche of leaks. it's very, very disturbing. it's dismayed our allies. it puts american lives in jeopardy. it puts our nation's security in jeopardy. if you look at terrorism, intelligence is fundamental to knowing what's going to happen and prevent it from happening in the first place. >> short time ago we confirmed that senator feinstein is taking her concerns to the top of the food chain. this morning she is meeting with the director of national intelligence james clapper.
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14 minutes past the hour. if you're flying a small plane don't do it when the president is nearby. an f-16 fighter jet intercepted a small private plane after it entered restricted air space for president obama's fund-raising trip to los angeles last night. they followed the cessna till it landed without incident in camarillo, california. you want an aisle or window
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defense secretary leon panetta is in kabul today at a critical juncture in u.s./afghan relations and the war. nato is being blamed for an air strike that killed women and children this week. there are concerns about afghan troop readiness as the taliban attacks spike with the warmer weather. muhammed, secretary panetta had very strong language about pakistan today. >> reporter: that's right. a very stern warning delivered to the pakistanis today. he said pakistanis needed to do all they could to root out the terror networks. they said they conduct cross border attacks, come into afghanistan and specifically target u.s. troops here. here is more of what the secretary had to say. >> we are reaching limits of our
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patience here. for that reason, it is extremely important that pakistan take action to prevent this kind of safe haven taking place, and from allowing terrorists to use their country as a safety net in order to conduct their attacks on our forces. >> reporter: secretary panetta made those remarks when he was meeting with his afghany counterpart, the minister of defense. he didn't just put pressure on the pakistanis today. today secretary panetta talked about how there was concern there had been a spike in violence recently. he acknowledged these attacks that happened yesterday. yesterday the deadliest day for afghan civilians here this year. he mentioned that these attacks had become more coordinated of late and there would be an assessment of what needed to be done.
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this is coming at a critical juncture. more and more regions here are being handed over. instead of the elitist security being the u.s./nato led forces, they are being turned to afghan-led forces. because these attacks have been more deadly, more questions if forces are ready to take the lead as far as responsibility for security in this country. >> mohammed jamjoon, thanks. "star-spangled banner" under attack. bill press knew he would stir up a hornet's nest on this one and he's right. everything can cost upwards of...[ whistles ] i did not want to think about that. relax, relax, relax. look at me, look at me. three words, dad -- e-trade financial consultants. so i can just go talk to 'em? just walk right in and talk to 'em. dude, those guys are pros. they'll hook you up with a solid plan. they'll -- wa-- wa-- wait a minute. bobby? bobby! what are you doing, man?
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"the star-spangled banner" is a revered song that celebrates american resilience and bravery at a time when the future was in jeopardy. singers proudly belt it out before sporting events. people stand up for it, take their hats off, sing along to it, and radio host bill press wants it gone. he explained why on his program. >> i don't think patriotism has anything to do with it. the national anthem is just
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absolutely monumentally unsingable. i mean, there's so much wrong with it. i don't know where to start. it's just -- it's an abomination. "the home of the brave?" i don't know. >> i get that part of it. >> are we the only ones that are brave on the planet? all the brave people live here. i mean, it's just stupid. i'm embarrassed every time -- embarrassed every time i hear it. >> bill press joins us by phone. bill, welcome. >> hi, carol. >> so i've been reading some of the comments about you online. the nicest i could find was liberal moonbat. >> well, i just want you to know breaking news here, conservative talk show host neal borst tweeted out this morning he agrees 100% with me. i don't think this is a partisan thing at all or left/right thing. first of all, this got started,
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real quickly, this got started when "60 minutes" took a poll and most americans said bruce springsteen should be the one chosen to write a new national anthem. i chimed in and said let's agree we need a new national anthem because the "star-spangled banner" is unsingable and is an old drinking song. i suggested we have "god bless america" or "america the beautiful." >> many americans agree it is a difficult song to sing. when you talked about the lyrics what's wrong saying americans are brave? it's not saying everyone else is a whimp or loser. >> i don't think it's the most well-written song. bombs bursting in air. for my taste, it's too militaristic. again, we have better alternati alternatives.
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"my country 'tis of thee" when it says "let freedom ring from every mountainside" that gets my patriotic juices going. same thing with "america the beautiful." i hear the ray charles version, i'll take that any day. >> a lot of people feel that way about the "star-spangled banner" and i must admit i start to cry. bombs and rockets, americans were defending themselves from attack. brits burned down the white house. they came in the waters outside ft. mchenry and the brave men inside ft. mchenry chased them back to britain. >> that was a proud moment, which resulted, in my opinion, in a bad song that was adopted -- it's not like -- carol, it's not like the "star-spangleled banner" goes back to the constitution or founding fathers, right? it's only been our national anthem since 1931.
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there is nothing sacred about it. i love my country and would love et better if we had a national anthem we could all sing without having to screech and try to stretch for two octaves which most people can't. >> when whitney houston sang it it was beautiful. >> when roseanne barr sang it? >> i'd rather forget that. people are accusing you of not being patriotic. >> as i say, there is nothing sacred or patriotic about "the star-spangled banner." i'm not talking about burning my flag. i love my country. i would love it a lot more if we had a national anthem we could all join hands and sing. >> bill press thank you for being on this morning. >> thanks. we want to know what you think. what do you think of bill press's crusade against the "star-spangled banner?"
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what are you waiting for? this is big news. just about 30 minutes past the hour. the transportation department is announcing a new initiative against distracted driving this hour. the move comes after a massachusetts teenager was sentenced to a year in prison. he was convicted of homicide in a texting while driving case. secretary of state leon panetta says pakistan must do more to shut down terrorist safe havens within its borders. he is meeting in kabul with his afghan counterpart. the two are talking about the training of afghan forces with most troops set to withdrawal in two years. opening statements in the jerry sandusky trial set to begin monday morning. a jury has been chosen. half the 16 jurors and
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alternates have ties to penn state where sandusky was assistant football coach for 30 years. it is a question chilling and deadly serious. is someone putting politics ahead of your safety and the well-being of americans around the world? the fbi is investigating leaks of classified information and whether the white house is behind them. even leaders of the president's own party are voicing grave concerns some of that secret information comes from "the new york times." it detailed the use of drones and cyber attacks used to cripple al qaeda and iran's nuclear program. >> i read "the new york times" article and my heart dropped. he wove a tapestry which has an impact that's beyond any single one thing. he's very good at what he does and he spent a year figuring it all out, and he's just one. this is a problem. it's also a problem we have
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people consulting, they live their life with classified information. they then get a consultancy with your show and another station and talking about information that should not be talked about. we have to take a look at all of this. we have to take a look at the oath of nondisclosure people take. we have to strengthen that. we have to strengthen the investigation within the departments. i think the processes are sloppy. i think they're haphazard. >> this morning, senator feinstein takes up the issue with the director of the national intelligence james clapper. we want to discuss the concerns with scott shane of "the new york times." he's one of the reporters who has exposed some of these latest details. thank you so much for joining us. >> glad to be here. >> is "the new york times" leaking dangerous information? >> of course "the new york times" doesn't leak, "the new
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york times" reports on the actions of government. i think what i wrote about was the president's counterterrorism record. president obama is running for re-election and we took a hard look at his counterterrorism record. the centerpiece of that has been the drone strikes against al qaeda and pakistan and in yemen. i think in some ways the striking thing about the drone program is that it is still considered officially to be classified. the president and other senior officials, leon panetta, secretary of defense, have spoken about it publically. it's reported constantly in the pakistani press, yemeni press and american press. the strange thing about the fact it is still classified, members of congress are the only ones who can't talk about this in public. so to consider it a leak to talk about that particular program
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seems rather odd. >> everybody is wondering where you're getting your information and i know you're not going to tell me. they say it's coming from some mole within the obama administration. is it? >> well, my colleague joe becker and i quoted a number of both former and current officials on the record. it's not mysterious where we get that information. it is, in fact, true that reporters can call up american officials and they made the decision to talk about the drone strikes anonymously. >> when senator feinstein says that your reporting is endangering americans,
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endangering america's mission, is that a fair criticism or not? >> well, certainly in some cases it's certainly conceivable that something that would appear in a newspaper would tip-off a u.s. adversary, for example, to intelligence tools using the identity of agents we infiltrated into a govern government, that type of thing, but i think in general if i talk to american officials, government officials, there is general agreement that too much information is classified. when the 9/11 commission took a look at that issue, they actually concluded that it was excessive secrecy as opposed to leaks that made the u.s. vulnerable to attack by al qaeda in 2001. >> scott shane thank you so much for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. so does the public have a right to know about the so-called secret information? we are going to ask our
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police buzz is your rapid fire look at the best political topix of the day. three questions, 30 seconds on the clock. playing today siriusxm radio show host and comedian pete, our liberal voice.
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will cane is our conservative guy. welcome to both of you. question number one, the fbi is investigating the leaks of classified information and whether the white house is behind them. republicans accuse the obama administration of doing it for political gain. the white house denies it. "the new york times" is also getting criticized for recent articles involving national security. so question. how much does the public have a right to know? will. >> the public has a right to know as much as possible up to the extent of that that threatens national security. let me give you an example. what threatens national security is not easily defined. about a week ago a general in south korea, american general suggested the united states special forces troops were parachuting into north korea and spying on north korean nuclear facilities. he later said he misspoke. not that he was misquoted, but
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he misspoke. if this current story is doing anything like that to threaten national security for political purposes, we need to know. >> pete. >> i agree with the first part of what will said. the question should be what should we not know? the age-old question of a free press during issues at times of war and national security, it's been said oxygen is the information that forms democracy, sunlight is the best disinfectant. i don't think the public needs to know when we are about to launch a raid on bin laden, but certainly the public should know when we are at war with a country like we have been with pakistan for almost 12 years or now in yemen or place necessary south america. the public should know when they are having their phones tapped and e-mails looked at. we should know as much as possible. >> on to question number two. listen to what former house speaker nancy pelosi said about her old nemesis in the executive branch. >> president bush really a lovely man. no, really. we disagreed in terms of policy.
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>> she was saying that about george w. bush, pelosi, waxing nostalgic about the bush years and praised bush about his cooperation on energy and t.a.r.p. he is the only former president with a favorability rating under 50% but that's ten points better than when he left the white house. is it time for americans to rethink the bush presidency? pete. >> absolutely. americans should rethink the bush presidency almost every day because we are still being really impacted by it all the time. obviously, economically, and of course our national security. americans, i think we forget about what happened during the bush administration. it's good nancy pelosi praises him on what he did for aids in africa which is more than the obama administration is doing, but everybody thinks about iraq but what about hurricane katrina? he created the deficit. his policies.
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wars weren't paid for, medicare part d weren't paid for. the guy passed a tax cut during a time of war. >> will, save pete from exploding from his body. >> there is a wall between us. i can't save pete from himself. i will say this. americans will think -- you asked when are they going to rethink it? they are rethinking it right now. he's up significantly from when he left office. i would suggest in ten years he will be looked upon more favorably than today. two main reasons. he's an extremely likable guy. secondly, he's conducted himself with a huge amount of respect post presidency. also i would say people recognize he had two big things laid on his plate, 9/11 and the financial collapse. the guy that followed him largely does the same things. >> on foreign policy, yeah. >> let's go to question number three. bill press, a liberal radio host wants to toss out the "star-spangled banner" too hard
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to sing and too mean with the bursting bombs. francis scott key must be turning over in his grave. if not the "star-spangled banner" what should the national anthem be? >> let me be first. i'm not going to change horses. i stick with tradition. i'm not going to buy into this premise we need to change the "star-spangled banner." it's hard to see, granted. i don't know when we adopted it officially. >> 1930 something. >> thank you, carol. >> pete. >> what should we change it to? maybe i really like that "call me maybe" song. how about something by ted nugent? i got to say i think it's a weird thing for bill press to bring up. we do the same thing, three hours of radio a day. why bring this up? is somebody in an unemployment line going it's the national
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anthem. >> there was a "vanity fair" poll. >> a poll? but who cares what the national anthem is. all that patriotic porn. i never bought into too much of it any way. >> did you just say patriotic porn? >> yeah. >> patriotic pornography. absolutely. that's what it is. all of it is really, in my mind. >> can you translate that for us, patriotic porn? >> no, no, nor will i try. i will say there is a role for patriotism in jingoism. a good role. >> i love the national anthem. when i hear it, i start crying. >> there you gee. i'm ready to throw out a baseball when i hear it. >> there is something to be said for the seventh-inning stretch. >> get out of here, patriotic porn man. >> is that domain name reserved? thanks, carol. >> thanks to you both. you want to see the king live again? the company that brought us hologram tupak is bringing us
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makeover. the tech giant announcing it's deploying camera-equipped planes in a plan to create these cool-looking 3-d maps which google officials will say give the illusion of flying over the city. google plans to release the maps by the end of the year. michael jackson's daughter is telling everyone about her life. she sat down with oprah winfrey and she is in los angeles to tell us all about it. she is such a poised young lady, isn't she? >> she is so smart. has a great head on her shoulders. three years after her dad's death, she is opening up for an interview with oprah winfrey. oprah's production student announced 14-year-old paris jackson will be featured on oprah's "next chapter" this sunday. own released an excerpt of the interview. check it out. >> did you feel that he wanted you to have a, quote, normal life? >> yeah, he did.
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>> do you feel he thought that was possible with him being who he was? >> he had his doubts. he told us when he was younger he didn't really have a childhood. he would always be stuck in the studio singing while other kids were out playing. and he wanted us to have that so we would go to chuckee cheese. that was one of our favorite places to go. >> reporter: so touching. such a beautiful young lady paris and her brothers prince and blanket were famously sheltered. they've been more and more in the public eye since his death. last year she scored her first role in the feature film called "london's bridge and the three keys." she said it was her dad to inspired her to pursue her passion for movies. >> i hope things go well for her, i do. she seems like such a centered's-for a 14-year-old, that's amazing. >> reporter: that's the way their dad raised them.
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>> kareen wynter, thank you so much. you can watch the daytime emmy awards live saturday june 23rd 8:00 p.m. eastern. you can be there in person by entering our sweepstakes and winning a trip for two in los angeles. you'll get a red carpet makeover. go to hln tv.com/daytime emmy sweeps. for those who say elvis left the building, he's coming back in hologram form. the company that brought us hologram tupac now announced a partnership to resurrect the king so he can perform virtually during live shows. also in film and tv productions. the company digital domain media will soon release hologram elvis' first tour dates. i don't know if that's creepy or cool. we'll see. a medical breakthrough or moral dilemma? new tests could reveal the
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genetic flaws of your baby before your baby is born. an expert looks at the ethical minefield parents could face.
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it is a major advancement in genetics testing and could lead to a highly emotional life or death decision for parents. researchers have come up with a tests to screen for all disorders in feet yuses. this begs all sorts of ethical questions. the director of master of arts
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and bioethics at emery center for ethics. thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> is this like amnio on steroids? >> a little bit but there we are looking for particular genetic conditions. it's something we know associated with a typical disorder or disability. with this test where there are hundreds of thousands of genetic mutations, it's unclear whether or not any of them or some of them will have clinical or medical indications. >> so this could tell you if your baby is predisposed to, let's say, some sort of, some childhood cancer that's deadly, then you could make a decision from there. >> right. that certainly is possible. remember even the diseases we know that have a genetic association have a really great variety in presentation, so if you think about something like down syndrome which has a clear genetic connection, there is a
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great variety in the way that presents in severity. it could be mild to very severe. even if we know exactly what the genetic code says, we don't necessarily know how that's going to manifest in a child, and therefore, how we ought to treat that child. >> the big worry about this if parents go ahead with this test if it becomes available, that they'll decide to terminate their pregnancies more often. >> right. i think there are three things a parent could do when they the question this information. the first is nothing. continue the pregnancy as they were. the second option is to simply prepare themselves for perhaps a child with special needs, learn about what societal resources are available, prepare themselves psychologically for what it would mean to parent a child with such needs. the third option is the right of termination of pregnancy. it's not clear we should assume that is going to happen any more often than the first two options. >> right. it's a fascinating study. i don't know. i'm sure it will be the subject
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-- captions by vitacn--e awww.vitac.com we asked you to talk about about what do you think of bill press's crusade against the "star-spangled banner." >> francis scott key wrote his song during the war of 1812 and it's a wonderful and patriotic song. >> i stand and salute the color guard and sing the national anthem whenever it is played. i believe in free speech and the
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constitution and believe mr. press has a right to his opinion, so long as he reflects on the blood spilled and lives lost in order to afford him this right in america. "in all 68 of my years i had nothing but absolute respect for our country and that song. to bill i say, don't tread on me." i'm carol costello. cnn newsroom continues with fredricka whitfield. hello, i'm fredricka whitfield. it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 on the west coast. rally on top of rally on wall street. blue chips building on their 287-point jump yesterday, the best day of the year so far followed by a slump that wiped out the year's gains. here is another nice number. 377,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits. 12,000 fewer than the week before. but that follows measly job growth in may and a slowing economy overall. don't even get us starte
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